This Week in Leelanau: May 5, 2011

Read on for the news, weather, events and photos from this week in Leelanau.

This Week in Leelanau

Blossom Watch: It’s been cool but we might see the first of the blossoms in time for Mother’s Day Weekend with peak bloom expected next weekend. Here’s a photo from yesterday morning. Stay tuned to the Leelanau Almanac for updates!

Morel Season in Leelanau!

May is Morel Time in Leelanau and Northern Michigan. Over on Absolute Michigan we posted Five Things You Need to Know About Michigan Morel Mushrooms that has all kinds of great morel hunting, cooking and event information including a great time lapse of a morel getting tasty from Ken Scott!

Click through to see it!

Visit Auroa Borealis Designs overlooking Fishtown!
Traverse MI 1950s East Grand Travese Bay Cherry Blossoms Photo by Phil Balyeat Avery Card 58253 S1155661 National Cherry Festival Postmark 1961

Michigan in Pictures featured the above postcard from the 50s along with the history of the National Cherry Festival. Head over to check it out!

In addition to the morel story, Absolute Michigan featured The Wealthy Theatre & Community Media Center in Grand Rapids. We’ll be down there with Seth Bernard getting some stories for Driving Michigan. Seth is playing a tribute to Cat Stevens Saturday as well – click above to learn all about it. We also posted our May Michigan Event Calendar and information about the Great Lakes Forever Conference that takes place in Traverse City this weekend.

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The photo this week is Shifting Sands by Happyhiker4. Mark writes: “I couldn’t resist the temptation to get off the boardwalk and get in the sand. It is such a constantly changing dune. Every time is like the first time.” More of the same in his slideshow.

Shifting Sands

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Leelanau Farmers Market Kick-Off Meeting and Potluck
The Leelanau Farmers Markets Association will hold their Annual Kick-Off Meeting and Potluck next Wednesday, May 11 from 6-8 pm at the Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay. Join Board members, market vendors and community supporters for information, networking and camaraderie. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service; beverages are provided. Farm Markets begin in Suttons Bay next weekend – click through for details or head over to their Facebook.

Leland Drama presents Thoroughly Modern Millie
This weekend and next (May 6-8 and May 12-14), the Leland Public School drama program presents the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, a high-spirited musical romp tells the story of small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love. Millie takes delight in the intrigue and flapper lifestyle of New York and audiences of all ages will delight in the jubilant jazz music, bright dance and escapades of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Boizard Letters Presentation at Empire Museum
The Empire Area Heritage Group will present the program “The Boizard Letters” this Friday, May 6th at 7PM at the Empire Area Museum. Evening features video recollections of Julia Dickinson and Joan Bolton telling the tale of finding of over one hundred letters written before, during and after the Civil War between a husband, off in the service, and his wife, left in Glen Arbor to fare for herself and her small child. Also discussion of the second book “Long Distance Love” which includes over one hundred and fifty additional Boizard letters. Names of local Civil War veterans will also be recognized, so join them for an educational and enjoyable evening with lots of FREE POPCORN!

Annual Empire Asparagus Festival ~ May 20-22
The 8th Annual Empire Asparagus Festival will be held May 20-22, 2011 and features a slew of asparagus-themed events including a fun run (or walk), Asparagus Eats/Wine and Beer Tasting, Asparagus recipe contest, the Asparagus Parade, chalk art, music & dance and kids games. You can get all the details on the tasty eats and drinks from!


May 4 – The New Wine Fundamentals Conference (East Lansing Marriott)
May 5 – Martine MacDonald-Artist in Residence (Glen Arbor Art Association)
May 6 – Comedy: The Cemetery Club (Old Town Playhouse)
May 6 – Saving Birds Thru Habitat @ Circa Winery (Saving Birds Thru Habitat)
May 6 – A Night of Comedy (Suttons Bay Community First, Inc.)
May 6 – Great Lakes Spring Eco-Photo Tour in Sleeping Bear Dunes (Mark S Carlson of Great Lakes Photo Tours)
May 7 – Comedy: The Cemetery Club – multiple dates – check the calendar (Old Town Playhouse)
May 10 – LIWDA Meeting/Wind Energy Opportunities for NW MI (LIWDA)
May 13 – “Spring in Bloom” Wine Tasting Weekend (The Homestead)
May 14 – Household Hazardous Waste Collection (Leelanau County Solid Waste Council)
May 16 – ‘MEDICAL MARIJUANA’ Legal Issues (Leelanau County Planning Commission)
May 21 – Native Plant Sale (GTCD)

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Ethnic Nights at the Bluebird in Leland happen every week on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Next week is Greek, followed by the last 2 weeks of the season “Greatest Hits”!

Now Playing at the Bay Theater in Suttons Bay: Jane Eyre (PG-13) starts Frdiay. Mid-Week Specials are available!! Tuesdays – Free Popcorn (one medium corn with ticket purchase), Wednesdays – $5.50 for all seats (Specials are not valid for special events or film series). Bay Theatre Gift Certificates: ‘Say it with a Movie’ gift certificates provide a memorable and enjoyable experience all year ’round. Check the web site for details!

The Weather

Flying CrainMark caught took stunning photo Sandhill Crane on May 1st in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

It’s 53 degrees under cloudy skies at 9 PM at Leelanau Coffee Roasting in Glen Arbor. The record high for a May 5th was an even 90 set in 1959 with the low of 24 recorded in 1968. If you’re wondering what the eventual World Series Champion Detroit Tigers were doing on that day, the answer is beating the California Angels 5-2, led by the bats of Mickey Stanley and Bill Freehan and the pitching of 4-0 Denny McClain! Expect cloudy skies overnight with scattered showers. Mostly cloudy with a  chance of showers and mid 40s are on tap for Friday. The weekend outlook calls for sunny skies and 50s on Saturday and sun and 60s for Mother’s Day!

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